Amherst College Men's Basketball:
A Tradition of Excellence
Amherst College has always enjoyed an outstanding
national reputation for its impressive academic tradition and educational
standards. For the past nine years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked
Amherst among the top-two liberal arts colleges in the nation, and Amherst's
athletic teams have exhibited a similar quality against their New England
Division III rivals.
With a tradition of strong programs, Amherst
basketball teams have followed suit. Under the direction of Head Coach
David Hixon, the Lord Jeffs have won six Little Three titles, earned 12
ECAC tournament invitations and two NCAA bids. They have consistently placed
among the top-ranked teams in Division III New England in the past 10 years.
Five seasons ago, with the NESCAC presidents'
approval of NCAA post-season competition, the Lord Jeffs (ranked No. 1
in New England) not only earned a tournament berth but advanced into the
third round, the "Elite Eight", of the NCAA Tournament before
losing to the eventual national champions. The Jeffs finished that season
with a school-record 22 wins and only five losses, an achievement made
more impressive by the fact that they had played 17 games on the road and
only 10 at home. The Jeffs went on to win back-to-back ECAC Championships
in 1995 and 1996, bringing Amherst's total to four ECAC Titles and tying
the program with one other school for the most in New England. Amherst
followed up in 1997 with its second invitation to the NCAA Tournament,
where the Jeffs concluded their season in the Sweet Sixteen with a 21-5
record after shattering seven team and individual records during the course
of the year.
This past season the Jeffs came out of the gate
at 13-0 and a #3 ranking in the country only to finish 20-5 and earn another
ECAC Tournament Bid. The squad earned victories over both Williams and
Trinity (2 NCAA Bid teams).
Although the team graduates three starters, the
Jeffs return 7 of their top 10 players. There is great optimism about returning
to the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Dave Hixon
David Hixon (Amherst '75) enters his 22nd season
as Amherst's winningest men's basketball coach with a 336-176 career record.
After captaining the 1974-75 Lord Jeffs, Hixon was awarded the Hitchcock
Fellowship, with which he coached football, basketball and track while
earning an M.S. in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts.
Hixon is also an assistant coach of the women's soccer team and an assistant
athletic director. He and his wife Mandy (Amherst diving coach) have two
sons, Matthew, 6, and Michael, 4.
Head Men's Basketball Coach: David Hixon '75
Box 2230, Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
20-5, ECAC Semi-Finalist